Tuesday, June 3, 2014

TLC Book Tours Book Review: One Hundred Names

About One Hundred Names

• Paperback: 496 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 6, 2014)
Internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern delivers her biggest and most compelling book yet—a tale of secrets, second chances, and the hidden connections that unite our lives
Scandal has derailed journalist Kitty Logan’s career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor’s bedside, Kitty asks her, “What is the one story you always wanted to write?”
The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance’s office—a list of one hundred names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can ask her friend, it is too late.
Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, tracking down each of the names on the list and uncovering their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance’s life . . . and starts to understand her own.
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Review: Finally! I have read several of Cecilia's books and none of them ever clicked with me, including a short story written about Doctor Who. One Hundred Names is finally a book that I really enjoyed, even though Kitty wasn't a character that I could like very much. (BTW I felt that way about Bridget Jones too, even though I enjoyed that book) Actually I came around to Kitty by the time I finished the book.

This is Chicklit at its finest. It is a novel that makes you thing and feel and possibly cry a lot if you are that kind of person.(I am) 

I can't begin to say how this novel made me feel. This wasn't a good time for me to be reading it, as I have a parent that is gravely ill and the subject matter really got to me at times. Constance's death weighed heavy on me, even though without it, this story wouldn't be have as fantastic.

One Hundred Names, is a list made by Constance, an idea for a story she wanted to write, but didn't get around to. It is up to Kitty to figure out what "the story" she was going to write was about, and in doing so, she rediscovers herself and becomes a better person.

Again, at the beginning of the novel, you can't possibly like Kitty. She's the kind of journalist that everyone despises. She's out to hurt people with her stories.

That's where "the hundred names" come in. It is a story that can save her and her career. I loved the people that she met from the list, especially Birdie, Mary-Rose, Eva and Archie. All of them seem ordinary, but as you get to know them, they are all anything but, and in a week, Kitty is transformed. She even manages to find love of her own, in an unexpected place.

Suffice to say, this is one of Cecilia's books that I will always remember and definitely one I may revisit. This is definitely a book you must read this year.

Rating 5 flowers

Cecilia AhernAbout Cecilia Ahern

Before she embarked on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media communications. At 21, she wrote her first novel, P.S. I Love You, which became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture, starring Hilary Swank. Her successive novels—Love, RosieIf You Could See Me Now; and There’s No Place Like Here—were also international bestsellers. Her books are published in 46 countries and have collectively sold more than 10 million copies. She is also the cocreator of the hit ABC comedy series Samantha Who?, starring Christina Applegate. The daughter of Ireland’s former prime minister, Ahern lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Find out more about Ahern at her website and connect with her on Facebook.


trish said...

Even though it was hard for you to read, maybe it was the perfect book for you to read right now?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts as part of the tour.

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